Humanities, MFL and PE

Year 7

Introduction: Urdu is introduced in year 7. They develop all the four attainment targets. However, main focus is on developing writing and reading skills. 

Topics Covered

Term 1 topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 topics

Welcome to Laisterdyke

Self Introduction /Classroom Instructions

Urdu Alphabets

Family and Pets

Classroom objects/School          Equipment

Daily Routine/Time

School Subjects

At Home



Year 8

Introduction: In Year 8 pupils consolidate the skills they have learnt in year7 and more topics are introduced to expand their vocabulary bank.

Topics Covered

Term 1 topics Term   2 Topics Term   3 topics

Other Countries and Nationalities

Finding Your Way (Directions and Places in Town)

What are you going to do(Future Events)?

What do you eat?(Food and Drink items)






Year 9

Introduction: In Year 9 pupils are exposed to GCSE style work to prepare them for the GCSE course the following year.

Topics Covered

Term 1 topics Term   2 Topics Term   3 topics


Past Events

A Visit (School trip/Holidays)

Home and Local Environment.



Cultures / Important Personalities.


Year 10

Introduction: In GCSE pupils develop their four language skills further and  equip themselves to write a detailed piece of writing on a given topic.

Topics Covered

Term 1 topics Term   2 Topics Term   3 topics

Healthy Living

Relationship and Choices

Controlled Assessment: Speaking Mock

Free Time and the Media

(Hobbies/Sports/Film/   TV/Internet/Newpapers)

Shopping, Money, fashion and trends.

Advantages and disadvantages of new technology

Controlled Assessment; Speaking 1


    a. Plans, Preferences and experiences.

    b. What to see and getting around

Home and Local Area


Controlled Assessment Writing Mock


Year 11

Introduction: In GCSE pupils develop their four language skills further and  equip themselves to write a detailed piece of writing on a given topic.

Topics Covered

Term 1 topics Term   2 Topics Term   3 topics

School  /College and Future Plans

Current   and Future Jobs


Controlled Assessment: Writing


Controlled Assessment;  Speaking 2.

Controlled Assessment; Writing2 Mock

Controlled Assessment:  writing 2.

Revision: Reading and Listening

Practice Past papers

GCSE Exams;

Reading and Listening Papers


Topics Taught in Year 7

Introduction: Pupils will consolidate language and structures covered in KS2 French programmes. New language and structures will be taught to cover the topics outlined and pupils given the opportunity to speak, write and understand others, talking about these topics.

Welcome to Laisterdyke - introducing self, family and friends.  Being able to talk about and write about   school and home life e.g. favourite subjects, describing family members and   teachers. 

Family and pets – physical descriptions and personality.


School   subjects – giving opinions.

School equipment.

My favourite teacher.


Where   do you live?

Countries and nationalities

Describing your home (giving opinions?)

Describing your room – using prepositions


Saying what you do in the evening and when   (Telling the time).





Topics Taught in Year 8

Introduction: Pupilss will learn the basic vocabulary and structures to speak, write and understand others talking about the topics outlined. Basic grammar on the perfect past tense will be taught and all prior learning consolidated.

"Where I live" to include

Asking about places in a town ie what there is and giving the   answer

Asking for directions (asking questions and the difference   between you (informal) and you                                                              (formal)

Saying where you are and where you're going (prepositions)

Expressing opinions about where you go and what you like doing


Ordering snacks and drinks, practising numbers and prices   Talking about what you do in the morning

Sports and games.

Musical instruments.

Giving opinions on what you like to do.

Going to a leisure centre (using on peut).

Going on holiday (using je vais aller).

Free time – what you do at the weekend

Sports & Activities with ‘nous’ (past tense)

TV programmes (past tense)

Talking about where you went – verbs with être Talking about a   past weekend

Talking about your school subjects (revising prior knowledge   from year 7) and adding opinions, connectives, intensifiers; understanding   and writing a longer text

Daily routine.

Reflexive verbs.

School subjects (the pronoun ‘nous’).

Opinions and reasons. Using intensifiers and connectives.

What do you do after school.

Timetables .




Topics Taught in Year 9

Introduction: Pupils will learn the basic vocabulary and structures to speak, write and understand others talking about the topics outlined. Basic grammar on the perfect past tense will be taught and all prior learning consolidated

"Socialising" to include:

Making invitations and reacting to them

Making excuses use of "can" and "want" e.g.   do you want to go to the cinema?  I   can't/can...etc

Talking about clothes - what you like to wear to go out in

Talking about shopping - who you go with, where you go, when you   shop, what you like to buy

Understanding a longer text including mixed tenses


Food, drink and special   occasions.

What you like/dislike/prefer eating/drinking.

Comparing different food (English/French/Pakistani).

What you normally eat/drink.

What you ate/drank in the past.

Ordering food (3 courses!) –

Preparing for a special occasion.

Countries and languages

Talking about holidays/Asking questions

Describing a holiday centre

Holidays past and future (differentiated for different sets).


End of module project.

Friends – making comparisons, using notre and nos

Pocket money (j’ai besoin de for top sets)


Present, past and future

Holiday and future

Je voudrais + infinitive

Writing a film review in French



Topics Taught in Year 10

"Relationships and   Choices"

to include                   

Relationships with family and friends - describing family   members and how you get on with them

Future plans regarding marriage, children etc

Social issues and equality

What   school/college is like.

Pressure   and problems.

Bullying   and uniform.

School   rules (esp. smoking).


Free time and the Media

Free time activities

Shopping, money, fashion and trends

Advantages and disadvantages of new technology

My house, what it’s like

My room – household objects, making comparisons

Describing your local area, saying where you live and how long   you’ve lived there, discussing social problems.

Describing your town – facilities, advantages and disadvantages

Comparing French and English towns – ma ville préféré, using the   conditional

Holidays – past and future, ideal holidays, a nightmare holiday



Topics Taught in Year 11 

Environment – to   include talking about home and local area, threats to the environment and how   to preserve the environment


Healthy living – to   include talking and writing about how to keep healthy – a balanced diet,   exercise, getting enough sleep and avoiding stress.  Also discussing social issues such as   drugs, alcohol and smoking.

Personal   relationships and World issues

 Year 7 and 8

Introduction: In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught about the 6 main world religions and finish the year on a thematic unit which varies from year to year e.g. Inspirational Figures, Suffering in the world.

Topics Covered

Year 7

Term 1 Topics

Term 2 Topics


Term 3   topics





Thematic Unit

Year 8

Term 1 Topics

Term 2 Topics


Term 3   topics





Thematic Unit


Parent and child home learning opportunities

For each topic students will be given an extended learning booklet which supports their learning. They are expected to complete this alongside their lessons and it will be submitted it at various points for marking and feedback.


Year 9, 10 and 11

Introduction: In Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils study the Edexcel Unit 1 - Religion and Life and Unit 8 - Religion and Society.

Topics Covered

Year 9

Term 1 Topics

Term 2 Topics


Term 3 topics


Rights and Responsibilities

Environment and Medical Issues

Peace and Conflict

Year 10

Term 1 Topics

Term 2 Topics


Term 3 topics


Peace and Conflict

Belief in God

Community Cohesion

Year 11

Term 1 Topics

Term 2 Topics


Term 3 topics


Matters of Life and Death Marriage and Family Life



Parent and child home learning opportunities

For each topic students will be given an extended learning booklet which supports their learning with practice exam questions. They are expected to complete this alongside their lessons and it will be submitted it at various points for marking and feedback.


Introduction: In Post 16 students study OCR A Level Religious Studies G572 & G582 Ethics and G578 & G588 Islam


Term 1 topics Term 2 topics Term 3 topics


Pre-   Islamic Arabia

Life of   Muhammad (pbuh) The Nature of Allah

Ethical   Theories

Natural   Law




The Qur’an

Surah 1   & 96

The Five   Pillars

Religious   Ethics



Genetic   Engineering


Muslim   Practices


War and   Peace



Articles   of Faith

Sura 4

Muslim   Life & Ijtihad

Meta   Ethics

Free-will   and Determinism


The   Concept of Jihad

The Ummah

Four   Rightly Guided Khalifahs

Virtue   Ethics

Nature and   role of Conscience


Sunni,   Shia split


Islam in   the Western World

Environmental   and Business Ethics

Sexual   Ethics

Parent and child home learning opportunities

Pupils will be given a wide range of home learning opportunities ranging from completing essays, creating presentations and further reading. They can also use the website or Edmodo to support their learning.


History at Laisterdyke covers a wide range of time periods, societies and concepts. Pupils will learn to deal confidently with chronology, change and continuity across time, and the idea of historical significance. They will develop critical analysis skills, learning to assess sources and infer meaning.

History is an excellent foundation for a career as a solicitor, police officer, teacher, or for further academic study. At Laisterdyke, we aim to provide engaging lessons, tailored to the abilities of every pupil, to ensure young people develop a long-lasting love of history.

Year 7

In Year 7, the curriculum focusses on the development of key history skills through study of the Normal Conquest, Medieval Realms and a long-term, chronological, study of Medicine Through Time.

Year 8

In Year 8, students tackle challenging topics such as war and social change. They continue their development of key skills, including extended writing, to prepare them for GCSE-level study. They also complete a local study on the history of Bradford through time.

Year 9

In Year 9, topics are more mature and students are encouraged to use their developed historical skills to approach difficult themes such as colonialism and empire, slavery, the impact of WWI and the Holocaust. They have the opportunity to complete GCSE-style assessments to help prepare them for higher study.

How you can help you child in history

  • All visits to historical sites and museums are valuable: medieval castles (e.g. Conisbrough, Skipton, Lincoln), York, Durham, Lincoln, Canterbury.
  • In Y7, TV programmes and books like the Horrible Histories series can be a fun way to encourage an interest in history.
  • YouTube has a wide variety of historical documentaries on all topics studied at Laisterdyke, although we would advise you to view all videos before showing them to your child to ensure they are age-appropriate.
  • Suggested websites include Spartacus Educational and the National Archives; suggested films and TV series include A Knight’s Tale, North and South, Elizabeth: the Golden Age; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.


Introduction: The Geography curriculum at Laisterdyke College is designed to enthuse and empower pupils, giving them a broad flavour of the subject and encouraging them to be self-motivated and forward-thinking learners.  We believe that pupils’ learning should be relevant, conceptual and based on the principals of enquiry, problem solving and decision making.  These skills are crucial in preparing pupils for the demands of GCSE level learning and in their futures beyond Laisterdyke Leadership Academy.  We promote and encourage the highest standards in Geography and lead pupils to become responsible global citizens.


Topics Taught in Year 7

What is   Geography about?

-            Map Skills- OS   Maps

-            Measuring   scale, direction.

-            Difference   between human and physical geography



-            Benefits and   problems of tourisms.

-            Tourism in   different countries.

-            Mass tourism.

-            Ecotourism.

-            UK tourism.

-            Global tourism


-            Geography of   Kenya.

-            Squatter   settlements in Nairobi.

-            Tourism –   Safari.

-            Maasia   Mara. 


Rivers and Flooding

-            Key features   of rivers- waterfalls, meanders and ox-bow lakes.

-            Flooding in   Bangladesh and Boscastle.

-            Fieldwork trip   on measuring rivers long profile- Ingleton North Yorkshire




Topics Taught in Year 8

Natural   Hazards

-            Impacts of earthquakes, volcanoes and   tsunami’s

-            Long and short term effects of natural   disasters.

-            Plan, protect and prepare for natural   disasters.

Population,   Settlement and Urbanisation.

-            Population distribution

-            Controlling population growth- Chinas   one child policy

-            Settlement hierarchies, out of town   shopping centres

-            Push and pull factors leading to rural   to urban migration

-            Fieldtrip

Cold Environments

-            Glaciation,   Ice Ages

-            Glacial   features

-            Avalanches

-            Antarctica 

Weather and Climate

-            Different   types of rainfall

-            Different   types of clouds

-            Microclimate   study

-            Weather   symbols

-            Presenting   your own weather forecast.



Topics Taught in Year 9


-            Coastal erosional features.

-            Depositional features

-            Coastal management strategies. 

Resources   and the environment.

-            Endangered species and their protection.

-            Quarrying.

-             Industrial pollution

-            Global warming issues

-            Greenhouse effect.


-            Desert   environments

-            Rainforests

-            Local   ecosystems around Laisterdyke college

World Development

-            Inequalities   around the globe

-            Human development   index

-            Difference   between developing and developed countries




Course Overview: AQA Geography Specification A

Pupils follow the AQA Geography Specification A syllabus. Geography GSCE is taught over 2 years. Pupils complete two written exams and a controlled assessment. Topics studied include Living World, Coasts, Water on Land and Development

Pupils will develop skills in analysing and evaluating geographical data, sources and maps. They will study different modules in Geography in order to give them a broad aspect about all global issues arising in today’s world. Pupils will be able to explain and justify their own interpretations and others views in a clearly and effect way.


Assessment (Controlled Assessment 25%, Exam 75%)

Controlled assessment for GCSE Geography is a fieldwork project which is a 2500 word assignment. This involves collecting data out in the field based on the tourism topic. Past fieldwork trips have been to Skipton and Mappleton.

Paper 1- Living World, Water on Land and Coasts, which is a 1 ½ hour paper

Paper 2- Development, Population and Globalisation, which is a 1 ½ hour paper.



 Parent and child home learning opportunities :

-          BBC GCSE Bitesize

-          Revision Site

-          Geography Resources Website


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